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THIS WEEK'S NEWSLETTER

Demystifying The HPV Virus
Together we are creating vibrant community
Please join Jonathan Bechard, MD for a discussion to help demystify the HPV virus and how to use preventative care to help prevent cancer. Find out what you can do to help decrease your chances of getting HPV and the different types of cancer linked to it. You will get answers to common questions about HPV, HPV infection, and how testing is used.

This is a FREE event but space is limited.
Registration is requested. Please Call 760-416-7790
Give Out Day is Thursday, April 19

Make eating a selfless act by marking Give Out Day, the National Day of Giving for the LGBTQ Community with The Center!
By eating at  Chipotle Mexican Grill on April 19th, and telling them you're there to support The LGBT Community Center of the Desert, 50% of the proceeds will be donated back to our work. 
You can also join us for Tito's Happy Hour. Have a  Tito's Handmade Vodka drink on Thursday, April 19th, and make a gift by texting TITOS to 41444. Tito's Handmade Vodka will match your gift up to $5,000.
Upcoming @ The Center
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Did you Know
That The Center has a Tai Chi class?
Leadership Circle
Business Partner Spotlight
Sheridan Care is a member of The Senior's Choice Network, the nation’s largest membership network of companion care providers for senior citizens. Sheridan Care is independently owned and operated by Susan Dost, President and CEO. Together with her dedicated staff of in-home care professionals, they offer affordable help to families caring for elderly loved ones by providing compassionate, professional care-giving. Their personalized services are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, throughout the Coachella Valley

Dr. G's Corner
Dr. G was among 50 advocates, researchers, providers, and people living with HIV from around the country who gathered March 30–31 at Eisenhower Health's Annenberg Center for Health Sciences to discuss the needs and priorities for survivors of HIV. This National Roundtable Forum was a community-led, diverse coalition of HIV/AIDS survivor advocates from across the U.S. Over the course of one-and-one-half days, long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS, community leaders, survivors who perinatally-acquired HIV, caregivers who are HIV-negative, and survivor expert opinion leaders took a deeper dive into the survivor psychosocial and community landscape in the U.S. Dr. Gover stated, “I was honored to participate in this national conversation and excited that we are creating a national framework to address high-priority key needs for long-term survivors.”
Ongoing @ The Center
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Upcoming Community Events
National Transgender
HIV Testing Day Social 
Wednesday April 18, 5:00 - 6:30pm

Join our trans family at Wang's in the Desert for National Transgender HIV Testing Day! Free wine, champagne, hors d’oeuvres, raffle giveaways, and gift bags! Special guest Antonia D'Orsay, founder of Trans 100, will share the latest in HIV testing, treatment, and prevention. Musical performances by Keisha D and Allison Lemore. This event is free and open to our transgender community and their friends. Please RSVP to Frank Roman at

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Outbook Club
Wednesday, April 18, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Camelot Theatres
 
Writers are without a doubt some of the coolest, boldest, revolutionary people – especially the front-runners of LGBTQ literature. The late David Rakoff  was such an animal --- witty, intelligent, provocative and creatively insightful. Some liken him to an edgier David Sedaris. 

Join  Outbook  Club for a spirited discussion of republished stories. This month you get an extra reading day, as they’re meeting a day later than usual: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Popcorn, wine and other beverages available.
Get your Boot Scootin' Boogie going @ Chill Bar, Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 7:30PM. Two-Step, Waltz,
Swing and Line Dances.
The Coachella Valley is making plans to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of more than 60 restaurants participating in this year’s Dining Out for Life event. On April 26, each participating restaurant will donate 33% or more of whatever is spent at their location that day supporting Desert AIDS Project’s mission to enhance and promote the health and well-being of our community.

Saturday, April 28, 2018 
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Address to be provided upon RSVP

Please RSVP in the affirmative by replying to this email or calling Rob at 207-446-2523 so we can plan refreshments

It's never too soon to plan ahead!

Witness student leadership in action! The 2 nd annual Eastern Coachella Valley Pride event is youth-led, with the support of partners like The Center, Building Healthy Communities Coachella Valley, and Trans Community Project. Program will be in both English and Spanish, featuring performances by Mariachi Arcoiris, the first LGBTQ mariachi, Latinx drag performances, and others.

3PM – 9PM
Saturday, April 28 th
Veteran’s Park, Coachella

Free Event! Evento Gratis!
New Treatments for Drug-resistant HIV
On May 1, 2018 Dr Celine Der-Torossian, PharmD will talk about HIV drug resistance, and a newly approved medication for people with few treatment options.   The location is Sinatra Auditorium, Desert Regional Medical Center (at Tachevah & Miraleste). A light supper is served at 6:00 PM; program begins at 6:30 PM. ASL provided upon request at least 1 wk prior. Sponsored by HIV & Aging Research Project-Palm Springs. Email questions to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  but RSVP is NOT required. See you there!
Reading of LGBT Play
Sober in the Sun, inc is a is a nonprofit public benefit corporation made up of volunteer members from the LGBT recovery community. This organization produces events which include, but are not limited to, workshops, panels, service meetings, assemblies, sober social gatherings, and an annual four-day roundup for individuals in recovery and their significant others. The roundup known as Sober in the Sun is held yearly in Palm Springs, CA

This year’s Sober in the Sun conference entitled “Living Sober” is being help May 17th-20th, 2018 and hosted by the Hyatt Palm Springs with guest speakers and entertainment held at the Annenberg Theater. For more information regarding registration, workshops etc please visit the SITS website.
When he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, Harvey Milk (1930- 1978) became one of the first openly gay men to be elected to political office in the United States. On election night, Harvey Milk reminded his supporters: “This is not my victory – it’s yours. If a gay man can win, it proves that there is hope for all minorities who are willing to fight.” He was assassinated (along with Mayor George Moscone) on November 27, 1978, only eleven months after taking office. Although he did not live to see his dreams fulfilled, the example of his life and leadership has made him an important national symbol for the struggle for human rights.

Proceeds benefit Coachella Valley youth through Gay Straight Alliance clubs and LGBT youth related programs.


Friday May 18, 2018
9:30am - 11:00am
Yoga Retreat
For more details call 760-416-7899
There's power in our Pride! Participating in this study helps open doors-and minds-around the world, and influences positive changes for our community. Previous surveys have yielded 45,000 respondents from 150 countries!

Click here to start the survey, or paste the following into your browser:

It should take 10-12 minutes to complete.

Everyone who completes the survey by April 30th, 2018 may enter into an optional drawing to win one of twenty US $50 cash prizes, or if you win, you can designate a charity to receive the $50.
 
Please forward this message to LGBTQ friends around the world who may be interested in participating. And please post it to your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Instagram, etc. accounts!

Monthly Potlucks, Walk Abouts, Ladies Night Out and Jazz. These are just a few of the activities you could become involved with. How? Just follow the link and you can view and/or sign up for the weekly Women @ The Center Newsletter. If you know of anyone that might be interested in this newsletter, encourage them to sign up.
If you are a trans or gender-nonconforming person in the U.S. and considering suicide, Trans Lifeline can be reached at 877-565-8860. LGBT youth (ages 24 and younger) can reach the Trevor Project Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386. People of all ages and identities can reach The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800 -273-8255, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
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